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It has been a persona dream of mine to share the wonders of different plant life to young minds. Though we have been active with community gardens, most of the time these were directed as either a small neighborhood farm or a simple flower garden, both important to learn and important to the community and ecosystem. Though this is somewhat lacking, currently we limit ourselves to ornamental plants or crops, which truth be told are pretty fun to grow as you can eat them come harvest time, the crops not the flowers I mean. As we live in a world where people are allowed access to enormous amount of information at the comfort of their home, I found that less people actually explore and experience the outside world. Making a community botanic garden will allow many to learn about the wonders of plants that can only be found in specific habitats, it may even be able to encourage exploration.
I first went to a botanic garden near the outskirts of my city, the very wonder of the vast number of different plant life in one place, and their beauty was what brought me to my love of botany and horticulture. Had I went on that family trip, I might be doing something totally different from what I am now. The experiences in our lives are what open our minds and hearts to new dreams and goals, or at the very least hobbies. If there is no local botanical garden in your own city, it is the duty of its citizen to create one, the same goes for museums and concert halls… we must cultivate the minds of the young generation by creating the environment for learning.
While books, videos, and the internet allows the young people to pursue things on their own it is often only after experiencing something somewhat life changing do they do so. These are tools, made to emulate and share the experience of others, and though helpful they are nothing like true experience. Try to recall what made you love what you do now, or how your favorite hobby started. More often than not it is because of a positive experience, or at least one that stands out. Experience is necessary to develop the personality of the young, and sometimes you have to create venues for these experiences to happen.
The process of creating a botanical garden need not to be a complicated one, but I cannot promise that it is an easy one, if a community bands together and ask for help from the appropriate organizations it is more than possible to create one. My love for botany lead me to share my ideas and dreams, and it was one of the most essential reasons for the success of my previous endeavors, community was another.
We often worry about what our youth is being lead to, a way to keep them in a straight path in life is by giving them the environment to grow and experience wonderful things which will give them goals and dreams to follow. The creation of museums, concert halls, botanic gardens, and other places that some might even think as useless extra-curricular activities are worthwhile eneavors.
A while back I went to Singapore as one of the just because trips, just kidding I was there on business, but since I was there anyway I decided to enjoy myself. The whole trip was quite a fun one, the food was interesting, aside from the free hotel food paid for by the business expense budget, I also had tried the local, let’s say street food, and a lot of them were delicious and most of them was… well unique. I had a lot of fun at the sea aquarium which I do have to talk about, but what I would like to talk about now is the beautiful “Singapore Botanic Gardens”.
The entrance had quite a grand gate with “Singapore Botanic Gardens” on it, you can’t miss it! The place is apparently a UNESCO world heritage site, which is cool and the reason why is quite obvious. It was an amazing experience, it was so amazing that I will definitely go again if I am ever in the country. The place is also easy to go around and finding the places you wanted to go to was easy because of the maps and multilingual signs. I got to a place I think it was called Swan Lake, and from the name you know you would find swans there, a pleasant surprise though was the turtles, I saw people feed something in the water, I thought it was koi or something but when I got closer it was an amazing group of turtles(or whatever you call a bunch of them), quite adorable for reptiles.
I later reached and area (side note I am more of an explorer so I often just go around not really knowing where I am) which had a large area where a few people were dancing, and exercise group maybe, and it was quite wonderful how the place was utilized that way. In my city’s botanical garden, you might be able to do that (not really sure), but people don’t.
After a few minutes of walking around, admiring all the beautiful plants, I reached an area with a waterfall (the first of many I encountered), you could go through some sort of passage where you can see the outside from in the waterfall. I had wished that I had my camera, but I only went to the botanical garden to kill time while I wait for an associates call, my phones cam kind of sucks.
A few minutes more of walking I found this small group of people headed to the “Cool House”, which I think (I might be wrong here, but I am fairly certain) was the rain forest habitat, there was a loud waterfall and things were quite moist in the area. I saw some orchids which one of the people in the crowd called a waling-waling, though I am not certain if that is correct.
As I exit the enclosure, happy with my experience, I had decided to go through the whole park and actually read up everything, actually learn stuff! Besides, since I still didn’t get the call the meeting was probably pushed to- And then my phone rang… I had planned to go back to the botanical garden but unfortunately things just got busy after that day. If you are ever in Singapore, don’t make the same mistake as me, explore the garden and enjoy your time there.